In a longstanding relationship with RPT, Columbia Journalism School provides an annual 4-day intensive safety training course for freelancers to focus on rigorous planning for assignments in hostile environments.
The course, ‘Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones’, is open to both staff and freelance applicants, with RPT bursaries exclusively available to freelancers. Convened by experienced freelance journalist Judith Matloff, participants are trained in risk assessments, trauma, cyber security, rape and assault prevention and emergency first aid. Applications for the coming year will open in January.
Talking Eyes Media
110 MontClair Ave
The training TTJ provide is designed to help journalists deal with the psychological effects of covering traumatic events in hazardous environments. Their primary focus is on local journalists and media workers who do not usually receive such training - including translators, fixers, drivers and facilitators.
Alongside the Trust, Trauma Training for Journalists have provided training for over 30 freelancers in both Erbil and Beit Mery, Lebanon, focussing on emergency medical responses in some of the hardest working conditions around the world.
c/o The Half King
505-507 West 23rd Street
RISC are medically-focused organisation founded by freelance photographer Sebastian Junger, who train and equip freelance journalists to treat life-threatening injuries sustained by their colleagues on the battlefield. An entirely non-profit organisation, RISC has trained over 200 freelance journalists since it’s inception.
The Trust have coordinated with RISC for a number of years to enable freelancers from around the world to attend their training, highlighting journalists in particularly urgent need of medical training and cover their travel and accommodation costs.
Tel: +44 (0)1267 241907
+44 (0) 7807688545
Also featured in our list of bursary course providers, the Trust works with TYR Solutions on targeted Hostile Environment and First Aid Training to provide affordable training in areas where the need is greatest - often areas where there is a large freelance community.
RPT and TYR have worked alongside Buzzfeed and other media organisations to provide subsidised training for freelancers alongside staff journalists in Istanbul. Applications should be made to the Training Fund in the same manner as usual and successful applicants will be notified of upcoming training initiatives in their region where relevant.